Several mainstream bloggers ("mainstream bloggers" - has it already come to that?) have been talking about universal health coverage, the lousy system in the US or some variation on the theme the past 10 days or so. Much of the subject matter may be wonky, but these are not health geeks so it's very interesting to see the debate unfold and it's interesting to note that it's going on now.
The summary version? In both cost and outcomes, the healthcare system in the US compares rather poorly to the systems in other Western countries. Some go the next step, describing the systems in particular countries and, in a couple of cases talking about what to do. We'll pick those up later.
This is a long post, especially if you follow the links - and even better to get the flavor - check some of the comments at those links. That's what happens when you're trying to connect the dots. This is but an introduction.
If nothing else there are some interesting personalities here. So enjoy them. My apologies to those who I left out. Here are some highlights for now.